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A04114 Summary:

SAME ASNo same as
COSPNSRFitzpatrick, Rivera P, Montesano, Burling, Duprey, Jaffee, Tenney
MLTSPNSRArroyo, Barclay, Calhoun, Ceretto, Losquadro, McDonough, McLaughlin, Palmesano
Add S460-a, Pub Health L, amd S260.21, Pen L
Regulates body piercing and tattooing of persons under the age of 18; requires written consent of parent or guardian.
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A04114 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law and the penal law, in relation to allowing body piercing and tattooing with parental or guardian consent for persons under the age of eighteen   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To prohibit an owner, operator or employee of a body piercing or tattoo studio from permitting this activ- ity on a person under eighteen years of age unless a parent or guardian provides written consent.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Amends the public health law by adding a new section 460-a to prohibit any owner, operator or employee of a body piercing studio or tattoo studio from permitting body piercing or tattooing on a person under eighteen years of age unless such person provides the studio with the written consent of a parent or legal guard- ian to use the studio for tattooing or piercing purposes. The original written consent form shall be prescribed by the commissioner and shall be retained by the studio for 12 months.   JUSTIFICATION: Millions of teenagers get pierced each year and many experience adverse health effects from these piercings without their parents' knowledge. The needles used can sometimes result in a severe viral infection and immense discomfort. It is important that parents understand these potential risks and that teens are proactive in retain- ing their parents' or guardian's consent to have such piercing done. Although many studios already require written consent, there is nothing in place dictating that they must and many fail to utilize proper steri- lization techniques. Similarly, tattooing is also popular amongst teens and many times, they can suffer from skin irritations, adverse reactions from the injectable ink and other health complications. It is important that every parent, guardian and teenager educate themselves as much as possible and take the proper precautions before tattooing as well.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A6336 (2008) A5154 (2009)   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This bill shall take effect immediately.
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